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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Special Earnings Limit for Year In Which 'Normal Retirement Age' Is Reached

(Posted April 20, 2004)

Question 430: I receive a Spouse benefit from Railroad Retirement. I'm self-employed in real estate. I turned 65 in March 2004. How much can I earn without losing any benefits?

Answer: Being born in 1939, you will reach your "normal retirement age" in July 2004, when you are 65 and 4 months old. Until then, you can earn up to $31,080 from January thru June 2004. Beginning with earnings in July 2004, there is no restriction.


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